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N&R - Shot In The Dark

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Formerly brewed at Neill & Ross
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Belfast, Northern Ireland

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Shot In The Dark is a fruit lambic that has been blended and matured in a freshly emptied 225 litre French Bordeaux wine barrel that has held Red wine for five seasons. 60kg’s (133 pounds) of blackberries were added to Girardin lambic and left to ferment over the Autumn.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 9, 2012
750mL thanks to forgetfu. Bright jammy strawberry pour with low haze. Pinkish foam subsides. Nose is jammy, salty, a bit vegetal. Taste is sharply carbonated with a ton of minerals. No acid. Just a bit bland and dry. Not really doing it for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8999) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2012
Bottle thanks to the Cad at Leighton’s birthday celebrations. It pours deep pink, with a thick, foamy light pink head. The nose is farmyard, manure, TCP, medicinal, floral, jam and starch. The taste is lemony tartness, blackberry, red grape, redcurrant, apple, vinous, juicy fruit, hay, floral and wood, with a juicy-tart finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Well balanced. For me this is quite juicy and not super-sour. Very drinkable stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8429) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2012
Gushing to huge dirty-pink head, fluffy, over hazy red beer with an amber-brownish sheen. Pure lambic nose with putteke included, leather, lightly horseblanket, citrus and indeed purple berries. Little fruitiness, lots of (Girardin-recognisable) lambic. Hint at sweetness. Fruit: yes, blackberries: no. Tart, dry-out effect, lipsmacking sourness. Excellent. Might benefit from being a little stronger on the fruit, but if these are really blackberries - brambles - then Jean van Roy affirms they hardly colour/flavour beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (7952) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle shared by Bobby - holy crap this is awesome. Sour and tart, but in control. Rich and bold. Heck yeah this rules!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle (thanks to Dak, I think). Pours with a hazed orange hued body with a retentive, off-white head. Aromas are delicous, zesty, blackberry, lemon verbena, funky, fruity, grapefruit, acidic, earthy, red wine. Flavors are softly funky, acidic, bright fruit, earthy, red wine, black berries, zesty fruit. Super. Tannic, dark fruit, nice acid. Lively, dry and puckering with medium tannins. Would love to see more of this. A new take on fruit lambics with authentic lambic wort and microflora.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle sample @ 2nd RBBSG, August 11th 2012. Courtesy of Tderoeck. Holy hell this beer rocks. Couleur acajou, sur un col légèrement rosâtre. Arôme à toutes les qualités d’un lambic fruité, ce très agréable bouquet aigre fruité de mûres, presque de framboise sauvages est un vrai régal. Note ce côté barrique avec des notes boisées qui laissent tout de même la place aux mûres pour se ressentir. Palais, sec avec un profond profile fruité/mûres, notes de fruits frais/terreux, la manière dont les fruits sont présents est phénoménal, à cela se rajoute de subtiles notes de barrique et de bois, donnant une belle dimension de lambic mariant aigreur fruitée et de barrique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2012
11/VIII/2012 75cl bottle from a trade with the brewer @ RBBSG - (2012-902)

Clear bright red beer, aery off-white head, pretty stable, non adhesive. Aroma: soft bretta notes, sour touch, bit vinous, lots of berries, I’m getting mainly raspberries, bit of chloride, lambic sourness. MF: quite some carbon, but ok, medium body. Taste: sour, bit metallic start, fruity touch, sour cherries, raspberries, little grassy bitterness. Aftertaste: sour citric, bit metallic, bretta, lemony notes, berries. A job well done (even though it wasn’t that hard of a job, right guys? ;-)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Cheers to MagicDave for the pour. Lovely hazy red color. Big, funky barnyard nose. Cheesy taste, loads of funky sour fruit and urine. Really drinkable and not over the top. Soft carb, light body. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5666) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
bottle shared by tom10101, many thanks! pours hazy light pinkish with a nice frothy off-white head, good retention and lacing. barn, dry unripened red fruits (although they lie low in aroma), (very) few acetic notes, pepper, red grape skin’s acidity and tannins finishing with a balanced astringency likely associated to blackberries. almost prickly carbonation, light body, refreshing, classic (in its own way) and good!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (5403) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2012
Thx. to Tim // saw this one announced a while back but than I saw the number of bottles and distribution.... // luckily I got to try this, yay // unlabeled bottle only number (somewhere in early 200’s I think) written on cap // dark red berry coloured with little white head // mmm. nose is full of berries, rich, tad sweet berries with some nice barnyard funk, hay, enjoyable sourness, delicious lemon lambic // lightly bitter, naturally sour berries, good quality younger Girardin lambic, lemon, tart, hay, nice horse blanket goodness, berries well integrated, tad disolved, zesty, light wood, light wine touches, more towards end // high, enjoyable carb. yummy


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